My Favorite SP3 Feature I did not expect

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  1. BillJ

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    When the SP3 was announced, I immediately saw this as the device I was waiting for... perfect size, functionality, etc. During the initial demonstrations, I saw how the purple pen tip could call up OneNote and/or set up a screen clip.

    My initial impression to this? Ho-hum, that seems pretty stupid, but a nice parlor trick. Something that I will never use.

    So for many days after I received my SP3 I did not even try out this feature. However, when I started to work on a new presentation that required assembling a variety of media into PowerPoint, I thought I would give the Pen Trick a try.

    Now I am hooked! I use this feature every day. I can't imagine how I got along without it. This was a great idea on the part of the MS engineers and designers.

    Makes me wonder what other features of this device I have not discovered or used yet..
     
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    Like I have said many times. Once "inking" gets into your veins you will never will be able to live without it.
     
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    Is it possible (via software) to use the pen for slideshows? Just curious.
     
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    In what way? You can use the pen to write on slides during slideshows. And, of course, you can always use it as a mouse / finger substitute for buttons and navigation.

    I also echo Frank's comment about inking. I have been using Tablet PC's since 2004 and the combination of Digital Ink and OneNote have always struck me as being something of a "killer app" once you see how easily they integrate into the way you already do things.

    For example, in this week I have used the Surface/OneNote/Pen combo to:
    • Map out a business process as I interviewed a client. They just talked about what they do, and I drew the boxes and lines that showed how they were working. At the same time OneNote was recording the meeting, and remembering at what point I drew / wrote each mark or note. That means I can click on a part of the note and replay what was being said in the meeting at that point!
    • Draw a "map" of the raised beds in my vegetable garden so I can plan what will stay and what will go when I do fall replanting.
    • Draw a fast diagram of a customer's web site to help them explain what they want moved to where.
    • Doodle various sketches during a long boring planning meeting.
    • Quickly select a step-by-step procedure from a web site that I want to remember and shot it right over to OneNote.
    I remember when the Surface Pro first came out I kept waiting for the reviews or ads to show some of this functionality that only comes with Windows/Office and an Active Digitizer - but, no, the ads were all about how much fun it was to click the keyboard to the screen.
     
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    Yes your can.
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    I love the inking but my main question is can you use the pen's click for moving slides during presentations (like a presenter).
     
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    You have to tap the slide or use the bottom arrows in presenter mode.
     
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    Check out this site: http://www.eventghost.org/
    and this video:
     
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    I hope microsoft would add more gestures to the pen in the future, like twist the button to zoom in/out etc.
     
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    I also thought it was a useless feature but I use it extensively to teach patients and when finished print out the note as part of their instructions.
     
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    I have to agree with OP. I upgraded from a SP1. I mainly bought into the surface line because I am an artist and I wanted a device I could paint and sculpt on with the same apps I use on my desktop and with a pressure sensitive pen. I could have never imagined OneNote being something I would use every single day. I don't think I could ever go back to not being able to hand write notes and jot ideas while with clients. Taking notes in portrait like it's a legal pad feels so much better with the new aspect ratio and the thinner, lighter design of the SP3.
     
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    The Weather App was a nice surprise.
    Current weather/week -> Hourly -> Radar. Big, pretty, and it's super fast. That's exactly what i want from a weather app.

    The XBox One Music app is very nice... but what's with having to pay a monthly fee on mobile devices, even if you're only using local music files?
     

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